In August we'll be sending our dear daughter off to a very small and theologically conservative Christian college in a very quiet university town of 23,000 a LONG way away from big cities. She'll be rooming in a second-story apartment with two or three other girls (one other first-year student and one third-year at least). We don't know how the others feel about firearms.
She takes Krav Maga classes and carries pepper spray and is likely to continue both when away. She's unlikely to get a permit, as while it is "may issue" under 21 there, it's only happened twice in that county. She's more mature than one would believe at this age, deferring to grey hair and saying "no" to herself regularly, for example. She already occasionally shoots her 22 Beretta Neos, and I plan on running her through at least the concealed carry class before she leaves.
I assume we'll be sending her with a home defense firearm of some sort, along with a proper fast-access safe if it winds up being a handgun.
What type of firearm would you recommend? Should we send her with the wife's snubby 357 (SP-101), our 20ga shotgun (870), a pistol-grip 10 gauge (joke), or something else? If you are thinking 'handgun', feel free to just say "auto" or "revolver", "full-size", "mid-size", or "small", and a hint as to caliber, as of course we'll have to do lots of trying-on at a gun show to ensure the one she takes fits properly. She wears a ladie's 'small' glove and has very long fingers, however, if anyone needs that information for recommending a specific model.